Thousands of properties across WA remain without power days after freak thunderstorms trashed vast swathes of the network. More than 50,000 people were left without electricity and internet after two raging storms swept through the Perth Hills, Wheatbelt, Goldfields and Great Southern this week, downing five massive transmission towers, each weighing five tonnes. By Saturday morning, about 4300 properties remained without power, down from 7000 late on Friday. Of these, about 1800 are in the Perth Hills, 1500 are in the Wheatbelt and about 664 in the Goldfields region are mainly businesses. Western Power said it had managed to restore power to about 10,000 customers in the Goldfields via an undamaged section of the 220KV line using the 132KV network. Most of Narembeen, Merredin, Lake Grace, all of Southern Cross, Coolgardie and Koorda were restored late on Friday. But Kalgoorlie — Australia’s biggest outback city — is still limping by with a combination of Western Power network assets, Synergy’s back-up generator and a local privately-owned generator. “Eight emergency response generators have been deployed to the Goldfields,” the utility said. “We have been working with local stakeholders including the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to establish the areas of greatest need in the community. “Our teams will continue to assess other options for further restoration of the commercial sites near Black Flag and West Kalgoorlie.” Western Power said rebuilding damaged parts of the 220kV transmission line was due to begin on Sunday and was expected to take seven or eight days. Premier Roger Cook said he was pleased with the pace of power restoration and the State Government’s thoughts were with customers still without - but would not provide an estimate of when the work would be complete. He described the outages as “unprecedented”, caused by weather that “took everyone by surprise”. “We are moving as quickly as we can,” Mr Cook told reporters in Perth. “These are freak events. These storms are highly ferocious and destructive. “You had 50 metre towers that crumpled like tin foil. “This is obviously regrettable but it’s a part of modern life as we face increasing frequency of these sort of weather events.” Mr Cook warned Kalgoorlie could still face temporary outages given the interim measures and insisted his Government was investing substantially in upgrading the network. “We continue to make sure that we have a resilience and our redunancy in our network,” he said. Liberal leader Libby Mettam visited Kalgoorlie on Saturday, telling reporters that the let-down local community had “had a gutful” after years of inadequate investment in the network, pointing to outages they endured in 2022. “This community feels completely ignored and let down by the Cook Labor Government,” Ms Mettam said. “Issues around a lack of effective back-up supply and issues around the energy grid have been known for not only days or weeks, but years. “In a State as prosperous as ours, this is completely unacceptable.” No refrigeration has forced businesses and households to throw out vast amounts of food, and medical facilities to toss out vaccinations. Businesses were hurting from the revenue hit while elderly were sweating it out in their homes without cooling, Ms Mettam said, with the gold mining town forecast to hit 38C on Saturday. The outages also caused water supply disruptions, knocking out key pump stations. Water Corporation said a combination of restored mains power and generators brought them back online on Friday, allowing tank and storage levels across the Central Wheatbelt and Goldfields to gradually recover. But there was still a risk of low water pressure — or no supply at all — until the power network was permanently restored. The utility continued to implore customers to limit non-essential water use but added that Kalgoorlie had ample water storage in reserve. Telecommunications services were also knocked out, with an NBN Co spokesperson saying about about 700 customers did not have access to their nbn connection, down from a whopping 27,000 customers previously. Telstra’s WA regional general manager Boyd Brown saying 10 mobile base stations at Ballidu, Bilbarin, Cadoux, Gidgegannup, Mt Sheridan, Mt Palmer, Manmanning, Mukinbudin, North Tammin and Quelagetting were still off-air on Saturday morning. That compared to 35 on Friday and 198 at the peak, Mr Brown said. Liberal Mining and Pastoral Region MP Neil Thomson said he had never seen Kalgoorlie locals so angry after being promised at an energy forum held in response to the 2022 blackouts — which also caused enormous loss of food and medicines — that the lack of back-up power plans would be resolved. “There’s real concern and anger about the lack of preparedness,” he said. “We need to hold the Government to account.” Western Power also provided an update on bushfire-inflicted outages, saying recovery works in Chittering, Gingin and Bindoon had been completed. Crews would focus on restoring customers in Dandarreden and Walchem on Saturday, the utility said. The outages sparked a rush on generators but also caused Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie to run out of fuel.